Covering Madonna's entire canon. Each short weekly episode focuses on one song. Starting at the very beginning and working our way forward.
S2, E6- Promise to Try
Kenny and Mark close Side One of Like a Prayer with this gorgeous and aching Pat Leonard ballad. Topics include Madonna’s recording style, the power of long creative relationships, shifting narrative perspectives in songs, and the impact therapy can have on the creative process as well as Madonna’s spide-y sense about the changing landscapes in pop music.
Madonna – Promise to Try Footage from Truth or Dare (1991)
Patrick Leonard – Promise to Try live at Joe’s Pub (2017)
S2, E5 - Til Death Do Us Part
Kenny and Mark deep dive into the true lost gem from side one of Like a Prayer. Topics include Sean Penn, Sean Penn, Sean Penn, and … oh yeah … Sean Penn Version.2016 as well as autobiographical songwriting, Madonna’s brand of artistic revenge, the frustrations and merits of working hard, and lots of armchair psychology over the nature of relationships, time, and the need for vulnerability. Stuff is getting REAL, kids …
S2, E4 - Love Song
The music universe explodes (implodes?) as Madonna and Prince team up in the studio at last … to create this experimental, slightly bizarre pop oddity. Topics include Minneapolis and Paisley Park, Batdance and Sign O’ The Times, Daisy Miller, Kenny’s favorite Prince duet, gender, and the long-lost Royal Tour. The first true “duet” in the Madonna canon begs the question … are there any lost Madonna/Prince tracks?
Madonna – Nothing Compares 2 U Tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards (2016)
Prince – Batdance video (1989)
Prince – Take Me With U live on the Purple Rain Tour 85
Prince et al – While My Guitar Gently Weeps Tribute at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2004)
S2, E3 - Express Yourself
And the hits keep coming! Kenny and Mark dive deep into the anthemic, brash, and second track (and single) from Like a Prayer. Topics include DAVID FINCHER (welcome to MadonnaUniverse, David!), Metropolis, the return of Stephen Bray, the intriguing beauty of Cameron Alborzian, and the polarizing Shep Pettibone remixes of (yet another) classic Madonna song.
Madonna – Express Yourself video (1989)Madonna – Express Yourself live at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards
Madonna – Express Yourself live on the Blonde Ambition Tour 90
Madonna – Express Yourself live on the MDNA Tour (2012)
S2, E2 - Like a Prayer
Mark kicks off the conversation about Madonna’s masterpiece fourth album with a testimony to Kenny about the personal power and passion of Like a Prayer. Topics include Prince, Mary Lambert, Sean Penn, Pepsi-Cola, Niki Harris, the Andre Crouch Choir, and the narrative hiccups in the ground-breaking video of this classic Madonna song.
Madonna – Like a Prayer video (1989)
Madonna – Like a Prayer live on the Blonde Ambition Tour 90 (Japanese Laser Disk Version)
Madonna – Pepsi Commercial (1989)
S2,E1 - Prologue - 1988
Waiting is the hardest part … Finally … At LONG Last … Season Two (1988-1993) kicks off! Kenny and Mark drops back into New York, circa 1988 - a year when Madonna starred on Broadway, sashayed with Sandra, laid into Letterman, and got photographed … a LOT! She also wrote and recorded what would become considered her first masterpiece album Like a Prayer and faced the truth about her future as Mrs. Sean Penn. There are many special surprises and treats in store for you this season so stay safe and keep listening! We missed you so much.
Madonna and Sandra Bernhard on The Late Show w/ David Letterman (07.01.88)
Madonna presenting the Best Regional Theatre at the 1988 Tony Awards (June 1988)